Weekly Rundown: Elimination Chamber

This blog reflects my subjective views and nothing more. If you disagree with me, feel free to voice your opinion in a civil manner in the comments section.

Hello and welcome to The Revamped Weekly Rundown, hosted by yours truly, Guy Landau. For those who do not know, this is a weekly feature on WrestlingNewsWorld.com where I gloss over the important happenings in the week in WWE as it pertains to the company’s present and future in RAW and NXT in the form of bulletins for the positive happenings (A.K.A “YES!”, prefaced with + signs), the negative happenings (A.K.A “NO!”, prefaced with – signs), and the ones I could not decide what they were, but felt they were important enough to comment on (prefaced with ? signs).

Now, without further ado, let’s get started.

This will be a jumbo week – including both the Elimination Chamber, Smackdown and the following RAW.

RAW 17.2

+     Solid opener, and Christian being heel was absolutely the only way to go about it.

+     Kane vs. Bryan afterwards was also well done. I would’ve made it a tad shorter, but it got the point across effectively.

+     I loved that they gave Emma a video montage from NXT to introduce her to the WWE Universe. I love how NXT is becoming integrated into programming as well. The pairing with Santino is great as Fandango, Santino, Emma and Summer had a great comedy match on NXT a couple of months back, and if they can recreate that match it can do wonders for Emma in WWE.

-         At the same time, I do have to wonder about the love interest between Emma and Santino.

?    Here’s how I see the 6 man tag ending up going down at EC – Shield are almost winning, and then Ambrose betrays Reigns. It makes perfect sense, but I hate to see it happen. Regardless, this match is going to be phenomenal and something I have been clamoring for months.

-         The whole Swagger/Big E debacle was in my mind a train wreck. I get what it tried to achieve, but I think it failed and was not entertaining viewing.

+     What an incredible match between Cesaro and Cena. It was a battle of two very similar competitors where both had to pull out all the stops to gain the upper hand. Cesaro looked like a million bucks, and Cena once again proves his haters wrong. If there is a single person today actually believing Cena can’t wrestle, I honestly have no idea what sort of an argument they could be having.

?    While the ending was nice in how it looked, The Shield attacking Sheamus to start it off was illogical, unless I missed something.

NXT

-         I’m getting sick of The Ascention not having any feuds. You can only watch them squash jobbers for so long.

-         I’m sorry, but Summer vs. Emma was a bad match. They were both phoning it in. It got better towards the end but by then I was already out of interest.

+     Smart of WWE to book a pre-recorded backstage segment on the actual show to show continuity (with mentioning Cesaro is in the EC) as well as not have to deal with the CM Punk chants.

+     I have to give major props to Neville and Breeze, as they saved a horrible botch by Breeze (when he jumped for a dropkick way too soon) with zero communication between them, making it seem organic. In fact, the only reason I know it’s a botch is that the sequence didn’t add anything to the match, and that Breeze took control shortly thereafter.

+     Great effort by Neville and Breeze, they have great chemistry. They had mutual communicationless saves of spots a couple of times in the match, but the mark of a true professional is saving these spots without making them visible.

Smackdown

+     I think the opening segment did a great job of building Bryan’s injuries as well as Swagger’s feud with Big E, AND Kane’s bias against Bryan. It was a good use of the time.

?    Is Christian officially heel now? There’s desperation and then there’s insulting the fans.

?    Are the Rhodes brothers headed for a breakup? If so that one loss to the Wyatts isn’t really enough of a cause for that.

?    God I hope Emma manages to get over. Much like the “YES”, her dance takes some getting used to, but once you do it’s the funnest thing in the world.

-         I have to say I think breaking up PTP was a mistake, it isn’t the time. There isn’t any room for 2 new singles wrestlers on the roster. I doubt either will remain relevant in the long run as singles stars at the moment.

+     Sheamus vs. Christian was great. Christian did a great job of working over Sheamus’ arm, and Sheamus sold it well. Christian’s new attitude is great, as long as it doesn’t constitute a heel turn, which I’m not sure of yet. I hope this is one of those ambiguous characters like I always call for, that is a real person as opposed to a force for strict good or bad.

Elimination Chamber

+     Great effort by Big E and Swagger.

-         BNB still doesn’t work on TV. I said it before and I’ll say it again – It’s a sketch gimmick, not a live TV one. Putting him after every single match doesn’t help either.

-         This may be my biggest nitpick to date – Bryan no sold his shoulder when he chanted “yes” and raised his arms.

-         It’s a real shame PTP broke up. As I said, and as was evident by the fans’ reaction to the match, those two aren’t ready yet to break out as singles stars, which is a shame because they both deserve to reach stardom.

+     The promo video for The Shield vs. The Wyatts was masterful. As for the fact this match is even going on – The fans were chanting “this is awesome” before the match even started. I think that’s all the indication you need.

+     What an amazing match! It was very ugly but SO well done! So many great spots, and Even moreso – Ambrose didn’t betray Reigns! The Shield lives! YES! YES! YES!

-         Del Rio got a pop over Batista. How many more hints do you need WWE? Did you hear that resounding “Si” chant? What about that “Daniel Bryan” chant? The chorus of Boos with every offensive move by Batista? And frankly I don’t blame them. Batista didn’t realize he should’ve sold the arm when Del Rio kicked him in it. He assumed Del Rio missed and went for the head and so that’s what he sold, showing zero actual interest in the product.

?    I found it odd that Bryan didn’t start the match, especially since he was the first to come in anyway, it’s not like they saved him for #6. However, him starting would have sent a much bigger message about how The Authority is treating him.

-         Why the hell did no one work over Bryan’s shoulder before Christian came in?! It was so obviously the thing to do yet no one did it!

+     Overall I liked the confidence shown in Cesaro and the general booking of the EC match. The order of eliminations made perfect sense. Cena being eliminated by The Wyatts also made sense considering the current plans, and Bryan being screwed was obviously always going to happen.

RAW 24.2

+     It’s been so long since I’ve last heard “Real American”… There’s no doubt WWE knows how to utilize Hogan without overexposing him. Unlike TNA, the experience of watching him on WWE TV will be a pleasant one.

-         That said, he still seemed to ramble a bit.

+     Well, to answer my own question from last night – I guess that’s what it took for WWE to realize Batista as a face doesn’t work. The fans were still all over him and the announcers made light of that as well. As did Orton. As did Batista.

-         However, I don’t think they intend to turn him heel. I just hope they add Bryan to the match.

+     Cesaro’s face turn, on the other hand, appears to be on.

+     As usual, Wyatt was incredible on the microphone.

+     Christian vs. Sheamus was again a solid match.

+     It’s interesting how WWE are handling Ambrose disappearing at EC. I still have hopes, optimist that I am, that this won’t lead to a breakup, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

?    I’m not sure WWE introduced Emma correctly. For example, they haven’t introduced how triumphant it is every time she manages to enter the ring. Emma has a lot of characteristics which have yet to make it to WWE TV, that I think with a bit more TV time could have easily already been a part of her M.O.

-         We already saw a dissension teased by causing a DQ tonight with Swagger and Cesaro. Was it really necessary to repeat the EXACT scenario with Ambrose and Reigns? And as for the fans hijacking the match, I think it has to do with the slow pace with Reigns being controlled through most of it. You saw the fans come alive as soon as he got some offense in.

+     As usual, Heyman was great on the microphone.

+     As usual with this time of year, Undertaker’s return was well executed and gave me goosebumps.

That’s all for this week, don’t forget to come back next week for a brand new Weekly Rundown, including this week’s NXT: Arrival PPV, Smackdown and RAW. It will be posted this coming one week from now, on Tuesday/Wednesday.

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  • Lance UpperCutt

    My problem with Cesaro’s swing is the crowd do not count it right. They count seconds and not swings

    • Guy Landau

      True. It wasn’t 30 rotations, it was 20 I think. I counted it through actual rotations and came up with much less than the crowd did.